Friday, February 24, 2012
Fantastic Short Film Friday - Cost of Living (live-action)
And we are back with another installment in our Fantastic Short Film Friday series, as we continue to showcase films released in the "lesser" known form of cinema- the short film.
It's tough to do a good action story in a short film. Sci-fi shorts can get away with it because of the spectacle, but doing an action short that has meaning, that is both entertaining and refreshing is tough in a 20 minute chunk. Today though I have for you an action short that uses its running time and minimal budget really well to tell both an action packed story of survival in a lab full of monsters and a comedy about finding one's self. Here is the 10-minute short Cost of Living from filmmaker BenDavid Grabinski. It stars two actors that have really grown on me in the past years: Superman himself Brandon Routh who's channeling his Scott Pilgrim character and the now sadly cancelled Reaper's very own Bret Harrison. Mary Elizabeth Winstead also leads her vocal talents to the story.
The setup is this: two security guards that work for a mysterious corporation go about their day just trying to get through it as they put out fire after fire, each more dangerous than the last.
This one feels right at home in a John Carpenter movie, as the director and actors do a great job mixing horror, comedy and action into an entertaining 10 minute short where you can't wait to see what happens next. At the very end there's talks of a possible sequel coming and damn if I can't wait to see more. This is some smart, funny, and entertain stuff here people and its flatout funny.
"Why d'you always get the burrito?"
"Cos it's fucking delicious."
Check this out if you like your splatter with a touch of comedy. Check this out if you liked Routh's performance in the movie Dylan Dog, but wished you could get it in smaller chunks. Enjoy this weeks dose of short form goodness in, Cost of Living.
COST OF LIVING from BenDavid Grabinski on Vimeo.